How do you keep your hair clean when you exercise so much?

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The short answer is, I don’t. Its almost never clean. I workout 10-12 times a week, and that would be impossible. But here is what I do, and my thoughts and tricks to help you out. :)

Washing my hair

I wash my hair probably two or three times a week. Its not good to wash your hair every single day because it can dry your hair out. I also use shampoo that is sulfate free, which tends to be less harsh on your hair. Right now my favorite shampoo is Aveeno Renewal. Conditioner, I’ll only use on the ends of my hair, (skip the roots so they won’t get as oily as fast). I alternate between using the matching Aveeno Renewal conditioner as well as a hair mask from Trader Joes. I let the hair mask sit in my hair for about 5 minutes before rinsing it out.

Styling

I style my hair depending on how clean it is. Yep. Now you know my secret. If i’m wearing it down, and straight or with a slight wave its probably clean. I try to enjoy those moments as much as possible because it doesn’t last long. I do however throw it up when I’m exercising to get it off of my sweaty neck. After 3-4 workouts (which is usually just 2 days) I will start to wear my hair up all day, in a bun, or down in a low braid. When it is really dirty, oily and untamed, is when you’ll see it totally slicked back in a tight bun.

One of my favorite products right now to apply right after washing my hair is Sun Bum’s Argan oil. It smells like summertime, and it gives my hair a lightweight shine. Apply it when your hair is still wet after the shower. You only need to apply a tiny bit of it, so this product will last you awhile!

Dry Shampoo

This will be a lifesaver for you. In between shampooing my hair I like to use dry shampoo to “extend” my clean hair. I recently learned a new tip — Use dry shampoo at night before you go to bed. It takes awhile for it to work and soak up the oil, and can often make your hair look a bit white, so its best to use it at night! Favorite dry shampoo at the moment is Detox by Dry Bar. Though I have used many different brands, and feel like most of them do the job just fine.

Everybody’s hair is different. Some thick, other’s thin. Some people will have dry hair, or more oily hair and scalp. Its about finding whats right for you! But now you know my routine, and if that helps even one person to tame their own mane, then i’ve done my job. :)

To purchase any of these products above, and to see my fav beauty products, check out my link to Amazon!

My New Obsession -- Modern Calligraphy and Lettering

I've been an artist my whole life, although I generally don't refer to myself as one. (I'm trying to get comfortable with that term.) Both of my parents are professional artists, my mom an oil and acrylic painter, and my father a professional photographer. I've always loved art, using my hands, being creative, making crafts, etc but have always kept it as a hobby. My favorite medium is watercolor painting. I've been painting my own Holiday cards with watercolor paints for years. I often gift my artwork to friends and family, and even painted my brother and sister-in-laws wedding invitation. All of this just to say, I now have a new interest in a new type of art. Something new to obsess over, and learn, and practice, and enjoy. I've been noticing modern calligraphy and lettering all over the place: restaurant signs, inspirational instagram posts, etc. So what do I do when I become obsessed with something? I learn how to do it myself! (i.e. kombucha, jackfruit recipes, protein energy balls, etc.)

I've watched MANY youtube videos. I first bought a flat head calligraphy marker. Then a paint brush marker. And then realized I should just use my watercolors and brushes, and loved the color options using paints. Lastly, a friend of mine, Sam, teaches a modern calligraphy course here in NYC, with a traditional pen (with nibs) and ink. So I went to her workshop, and further became obsessed. It was very helpful to have an actual professional critique not only my writing, but also my bad posture, (posture has a lot to do with calligraphy!) Who knows where this will go, but there is something about calligraphy and lettering that I find so soothing. It truly is a type of meditation, similar to painting, where you are using a different side of your brain, unable to think about the dumb drama in your day, and simply commit to the brush/pen in your hand, and what is coming out on paper. I like to set up my workspace with a clean desk, a nice candle, and some calming music to help get into that flow state. I don't write this post to brag about my calligraphy, but more as encouragement to try something new. Find something fun, creative, and healthy to obsess about, and practice. Practice it all the time, and watch yourself learn, grow, get better, expand, and love.  

If you're thinking about going to Alaska... GO.

I was lucky enough to travel to Anchorage Alaska this past month. Yes, I went to Alaska in the winter time. I initially had to go for some work, but decided to make a vacation out of it, extend my stay and invited my boyfriend Dave to come with so we could make an adventure out of it! Maybe its because I had pretty low, if no, expectations for what it would be like, I was completely BLOWN AWAY. The beauty is unlike anything I've ever seen. (I've also travelled quite a bit, nationally and internationally -- driven cross country 4 times.) I'm also someone who tends to do warmer vacations to the beach. I'm an island girl, so take me anywhere by a coast and I'm happy. And maybe thats why Alaska really did it for me because you are on a vast beautiful ocean, and then you just shift your gaze upwards and your standing in front of these 10,000 foot mountains, right from sea level. 

I flew into Anchorage and spent a few nights there. Saw a moose on the side of the road the second day I was there and got VERY excited about it. (My very first moose sighting.) Had amazing seafood, salmon, black cod, calamari, etc. The food in general was amazing, homemade doughnuts, reindeer sausage, lots of veggies (to my surprise.) After Anchorage Dave and I headed to Girdwood where Alyeska mountain resort is to get some time on top of a mountain. The snow was epic! We lucked out with 2 feet of fresh powder right when we arrived. The views on top of that mountain, OMG the views! I would snowboard down the mountain, get on the chairlift up to the top, take 20 photos, and then repeat that sequence 10X that day. I have A LOT of photos. Which brings me to this. I'm not going to say anymore, I'm just going to let you enjoy this photo gallery of some of my favorite photos from Alaska. I was there for only 7 days, and all photos are taken on my outdated Iphone. I'll definitely be back. Next time I'm thinking of heading there in the summer. 24 hours of sunlight, I'll take it. If you're thinking about going to Alaska, you should just go.

Live Learn Lovewell X Peloton collaboration

Excited to introduce to you the Emma Lovewell Collection at Peloton! 

This collection is about my personal style giving you bold colors and comfort. The red floral pattern is inspired by and gives homage to my Chinese heritage. In celebration of Chinese New Year, red is worn to bring good luck and good fortune. Florals remind me of my mother, a gardener and flower lover herself. The tank is soft, and distressed with holes to make it feel and look worn in. The grey sweatshirt is incredibly cozy, with hits of quilted detail on the shoulders and a live learn lovewell patch on the front.  The whole outfit worn together with a leather or bomber jacket is exactly what I want to wear every day. 

The most exciting part of creating this line is being able to see my designs come to life! I had a vision for the red floral pattern, and met with many designers to help create it. There was a long process of going through different patterns and designs and finally being able to modify and adjust to get this final design. 

I want people to feel confident, fun, and like their inner light is shining through when they wear these pieces. If I had to describe this collection in three words: Bold, cozy, and fun. 

Check out the full line at the Peloton Boutique online. 

How to Make a Holiday Wreath!

Growing up on Martha's Vineyard, we always had grapes growing on our back porch. These grape vines would grow rapidly in the summer time, latching onto the roof of the porch, and making their way connecting to nearby trees, and even creating a beautiful canopy over the outdoor shower. By late summer and early fall there were dark purple sweet Concord grapes hanging all around the porch. Because my mother is a gardener and has the greenest of thumbs, she taught me how to cut back the grape vines every winter, in order to promote new growth the following spring. So began our tradition of cutting down the grape vines sometime in between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so we could keep the grape vines healthy and so we could make holiday wreaths! 

This year, living in Brooklyn, we luckily have grape vines in our backyard! So I was excited to keep the tradition going and make my own holiday wreath. 

Things you'll need:

  1. Old, dry grape vines (around 5-10 per wreath)

  2. Sheers or cutters for the vines and greenery.

  3. Green wire for wreaths (you can get at many garden/flower stores, and craft stores).

  4. Fresh greenery including, boxwood, pine, evergreen, holy leaves and berries, etc.

  5. Decorations including ribbons, berries, sparkly things, etc.

  6. Gloves

Let's Get Started! 

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Cut down those vines!

Using your clippers or sheers, make sure to cut long pieces.

1. Cut down long pieces of vines. Around 5-10 per wreath that you are making. Of course these varies depending on the size of the wreath you are making. 

2. Begin to create a circular shape with the vine, simply wrapping the vine around itself. You can use anywhere from 5-10 different vines to shape your wreath. It all depends on how thick you want it to be. The more vines the more sturdy it will be.

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Shape them into circles.

Keep in mind they don't have to be perfect circles, when you put the greenery in, that will fix the shape!

3. Start collecting greenery from... anywhere/everywhere! If you live near the woods, start gathering different types of greenery, from boxwood, evergreen, pine, holly, grasses, whatever you'd like! If you don't live near these kinds of trees you can also go to the grocery store and farmers markets around this time of year and buy bundles of greenery. 

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Get all your supplies ready!

I'm using boxwood greenery and some red berries I found at Trader Joes.

4. Get your green wire ready and start laying the greenery down, all facing the same direction. (This part is very important!) You want to layer the greenery on top of each other, all facing the same way, wrapping the wire around each small bunch that you lay on top of the vines. Trying your best to hide the wire each time you wrap. And don't cut the wire! Not until you are all the way done. Just keep wrapping, and wrapping, and wrapping. 

5. At the end leave enough wire so that you can create a loop to hang the final product. 

6. Here's the fun part. Taking any decorations you make have, from red berries, to sea shells, or holy berries, or gold sparkly things (I found mine at Michael's Crafts). Start tucking these decorations into the wire, and vine wreath frame, using any extra wire you may need to really get them to stay put! You can also layer in different type of greenery at this point. 

7. Trim off any crazy branches or greenery that is sticking too far out. I like a loose kind of look. It makes it feel more homemade, which I like. But if you want a really neat and tidy wreath go ahead and start trimming those rogue branches.   

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Look how pretty!

Hotel Workout in Naturally Magazine

It's here! The Spring issue of Naturally magazine has hit the news stands, and below you can see my fitness story that I wrote, modeled, and produced. Check it out and let me know what you think! 5 easy exercises you can do in your hotel/house/room, wherever! 

Surfer's Stretch

Stretches for people with tight shoulders and chests. Since I've been out in California for a few weeks now, I've been surfing a few times a week, (lucky me!) and have been having some tightness in my shoulders, chest, and back. These stretches will alleviate that discomfort, and help you increase your range of motion for bigger/deeper paddle strokes. And lets be real, its not only surfer's who have tight shoulders. If you sit at a desk, hunched over for most of your day, this will help you too! 

Surfer's Stretch:

  • Crescent lunge twist. Repeat on both sides, making sure to breathe and exhale as you twist.

  • Thoracic Extension Exercise: let your head hang heavy, and just chill. Breathe.

  • Wall Angels: try to keep your back and forearms connected to the wall behind you as you move your arms up and down. Move slowly.

  • Supine Twist with arm half circles: Repeat on both sides. Try to keep your finger tips connected to the ground as you move your arms.

For an even deeper chest and shoulder opener, try this advanced move below. Move with caution! It hurts so good. 

How to Start Your Day Like a Do Something B*tch

Originally published by Jezebel.com

  Illustration by Tara Jacoby

Illustration by Tara Jacoby

 

It’s early morning and you’ve already hit the snooze button twice on your phone. Finally, you not-so-gracefully wipe the crust from your dry lips, pick it up, and look at it. The CNN alert says the world is about to end, but you don’t have time for that, so you unlock the screen and immediately check your email. Then you check Instagram. Then Twitter, followed by the 10 other apps you for some reason feel the need to check first thing every morning. Only then do you notice the time. During your three-minute shower, you think about how few likes the photo you posted last night garnered. Dry off, throw on some clothes, grab a big mug of coffee and if you’re lucky you remember to grab a granola bar on your way out. You run out the door already knowing that you’ll be at least five minutes late for work.

Full disclosure: this was my morning, for years. And then I got a much-needed job as a superhero-motivational-high-intensity fitness instructor, so I had to make some changes in order to teach my 6 A.M. classes. I realize I am not totally normal when it comes to this shit, but if my old morning routine sounds at all similar to yours and you’re not happy with your day, I got you. Here are some seemingly-obvious (but worth reiterating) changes you can make to your morning that will increase your chances of being a Do Something Bitch like Ronda Rousey by 50%. (That is not a fact, but probably should be.)

  • Use an alarm clock. Do not use your phone as an alarm! The temptation to start browsing through every app as soon as you wake up is too great. Separate from your phone. Really.

  • The moment after you wake up is one of the most vulnerable times in your whole day. Start it off by thinking about yourself. You can’t make a difference in anyone else’s world unless you take care of you. So focus on you for a moment, not what other people are doing on social media (because we know it’s all a lie anyway). And don’t think about what other people are thinking about you. YOU think about YOU.

  • This is a great time to do some meditation. I know, I know. Even if you don’t know the first thing about meditation, try this: Sit up on your bed, legs crossed, breath in and out slowly counting each inhale and exhale as 1, and then count all the way to 10. That’s it. It helps to reset your mind, calm it down, and organize your thoughts.

  • This might sound dumb, but it’s been proven to reduce stress and increase performance: tell yourself one great thing about you, and believe it. You have really great eyebrows.

  • Get out of bed. Just do it. Take a quick moment to stretch. Touch your toes. Pop those hips. Move your head side to side.

  • Before any other type of food or drink, have a glass of water with a slice of lemon in it. Lemon water gets your metabolism going and gives you nutrients your body needs including, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, to name a few.

  • Eat something real, with nutritional value. Try consuming carbohydrates, protein, and fiber. Try oatmeal with fruit. Here’s an easy cold oatmeal recipe you can make the day(s) before so it’s ready to go in the morning when you’re still tired. If you have a blender, make a smoothie or juice. You want foods that will keep you feeling full for longer or have high satiating power. Protein, dietary fiber and water have high satiating power, as well as carbs like whole grain bread and oats. (Processed carbs like the ones found in baked goods have a low satiating power.) Eating good carbs and protein will fill you up, and fiber will also help keep your shit regular. Literally.

  • Give yourself enough time to get to where you’re going. Try saying “no” to that extra thing you want to cram into your day. Running around and rushing to every place that you go can be exciting, but it also gives you anxiety, and my guess is you probably need less of that.

Doing all of these things at once may seem like too much work, or too much change. But if you do at least one of them at first, and then slowly add them all in, it can be a smooth transition. You, too, were brought into this world to do more than just fuck millionaires. (Not that that’s a bad thing.)